The Marburg virus disease epidemic in Equatorial Guinea is reportedly under control, according to the Ministry of Health. Following a meeting chaired by Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (pictured), the local online media Journal de Malabo reported that there have been no new cases for several months, and the government is preparing to declare the end of the epidemic this month.
This is welcome news for Cameroon and Gabon, who feared the disease would spread across the border. As a reminder, although 31 alerts were recorded in five Cameroonian regions in March, and 16 cases were initially suspected, none were officially identified.
However, Equatorial Guinea has chosen to maintain its surveillance system until the epidemic is officially declared over. Authorities in Cameroon may do the same.